Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab Employee Reviews

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Fun to work
Tech Specialist (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJune 26, 2015
Design a GUI for the ARGO project. Main tasks were the parser and small front end design. This was my first internship and I learn a lot about the computer science field from working here.
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JHU/APL social stratification: a dichotomy of work environments
Associate Professional (Current Employee), Associate ProfessionalJune 18, 2015
Pros: better than average retirement plan (403b), good commute location for the Baltimore/Washington area, convenient on-site cafeterias (overpriced)
Cons: redundant layers of management, no leadership within management, parking is terrible (free)
For scientist, engineers, and management JHU/APL truly is a “Best Place to Work.” However, support staff and other non-professional positions should be leery when considering any offers of employment.

With twenty and even thirty year careers for professional staff commonplace at JHU/APL one question I recommend every job candidate ask during the interview process: “What is the median number of years my peers have worked at JHU/APL?” If the answer is not ten years or more, it is a warning indicator of excessively high employee turnover. The likely culprit is management that characterizes support staff as commodities. Long-term retention is not a goal and therefore providing opportunity for advancement (promotion, recognition, salary, and training) or work life balance is extraneous.
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Research and development was a lot of fun
Senior Engineering Technician Grade C (Former Employee), Scaggsville, MDJune 12, 2015
Pros: Working there/had its on softball league
Cons: None
My days varied depending on which test stall I was assigned to. They were Scram jet rocket, Particle injection, NASA Aerospace plane thrust and Infrared Laser guidance testing. The work atmosphere and the personnel I worked with made it enjoyable just to go to work.
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Great mix of academic research and application
Section Manager (Former Employee), Baltimore, MDMarch 24, 2015
- great work life balance
- good for those that are transitioning from military
- great location to Baltmore and Washington
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Productive work for more experienced workers
Associate Professional Staff I (Current Employee), Laurel, MDJanuary 28, 2015
Not a terrific entry-level job, it's better to come in with subject expertise.
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Fun workplace as a staff member.
Electrical Design Engineer in PESD - TDC group (Former Employee), North Laurel, MDJanuary 16, 2015
Pros: free flu shots, ppe's safety-oriented;
Co-workers were professional; Other sector staff were professional.
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Fun place to work
Computing Sys Assistant (Current Employee), Laurel, MDOctober 14, 2014
Laid back but very productive. Very friendly staff and management team.
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Good learning environment and fun co-workers.
Administrative Specialist (Current Employee), Laurel, MDSeptember 10, 2014
Training and seminars encouraged.. Meeting interesting visitors everyday. Fun and interesting co-workers.
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People working here are always smiling
Summer Intern (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJuly 28, 2014
Pros: cafeteria on site, great pay, well funded labs
Cons: secure entry door is kinda creepy
This place is amazing. When you work here and there are excess funds, they re-invest it in research projects thought up by their workers.
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Great place to learn
Design Engineer (Current Employee), Laurel, MDMarch 13, 2014
Pros: location
Cons: not a lot of room to move in the company
I learned a lot working here. Great bosses. Nice people. I was an intern fresh out of school. I didn't know a lot but they worked with my knowledge base and made me feel part of the team
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good place to work
Assembly Tech. (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJanuary 9, 2014
short lived temp, but work there on three different assignments
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Productive place to work at also learned alot while on the job
Guidance Navigation Control Engineer (Former Employee), Laurel, MDAugust 28, 2013
Pros: salary/benefits
Has about 5000 engineers all working on problems paid for by sponsors, mostly the government/military. It is a non-profit organization so salaries/benefits are above average, though overtime is unpaid and it is usually expected that you do overtime just to do the work well.
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Lab Manager of BSL-2 Aerosol Microbiology Suite (Former Employee), Laurel, MDAugust 28, 2013
Stable place to work; limited on personal expression and growth.
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Excellent Place to work
Research Assistant for Dr. James Roberts (Current Employee), Laurel, MDAugust 16, 2013
Cutting-edge research focused on earth and space physics

Always looking for new ways to incorporate professionals and students with internships

Intelligent, considerate co-workers

Great location
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Custodian (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJune 19, 2013
Johns Hopkins is a great place to work if you have a degree. if you do not have a degree you will be looked down on as a nobody
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Terrible place to work.
Electronics Technician (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJune 17, 2013
Pros: pretty good pay, hours, location
Cons: management is clueless.
This job was so bad I completely changed careers. The culture, morale and management were the worst of any job I've ever had. If you like to be micromanaged or to be treated like a child this is the job for you! I did learn one thing there; if you have a non-profit business that deals with the government you can flush money down the drain. What I can't understand is how you can run a business without paying taxes, get government funding, then sell your products right back to the government.
Politics aside, this place SUCKS.
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JHU/APL at a glance
Senior Staff Profesional (Former Employee), Laurel, MDMarch 4, 2013
Pros: advanced learning
Cons: management availability
My work focused around system engineering principles, physics, and statistics. A typical workday would include developing architecture designs for the program I worked on as ell as external communications infrastructure desigs and systems engineering principles for the other program I worked on. Ensuring that I read and responded to emails is very important. It allows the personnel who wrote the email that I am available and on top of the situation. I learned a lot about physics and statistics and how to apply them to the programs I worked on. Management was not readily available all of the time and therefore a lot of the personnel in my group would come to me with their questions as I was a SME on systems engineering principles, architecture design, and Project Management Institute principles. My co-workers were a very intelligent group and we worked very well together helping each other and asking questions about certain topics when we were stumped. The hardest part of the job was adapting to constant customer and sponsor regulations on the programs, although this has become much easier. The most enjoyable part of the job were the people and my mentor who had his Doctorate in Physics.
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An excellent place to work for engineers and biologists alike.
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJanuary 19, 2013
I greatly enjoyed working for this company. The management was excellent, and the upward potential of engineers and biologists was astounding. I would recommend JHU APL to anyone interested in their lines of research!
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A Historical Place with memorable times
Information Assurance Engineer (Former Employee), Laurel, MDOctober 22, 2012
Pros: intelligent co-workers, challenging work was only a blink away
Cons: parking!
Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab is a place with a lot of history. When you set foot on the campus, not only do you get the feeling of history, but you also get a feel of a place that harbors intelligence and really pushes your knowledge to the limits.

I would say the most enjoyable part of the job have cafeterias that had some very healthy choices for food, and the salad bar selections in Building 1 was the best!
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The perfect outcome: Teamwork, technology, and passion.
Engineering Technician (PT) (Former Employee), Laurel, MDJuly 28, 2012
Every day brought a new challenge. Learned to accomplish goals as a team and the benefits of group work. Inspired by imagination and desire to make the impossible, possible.

Promoting innovation and allowing creative freedom produced an amazing atmosphere in which to work.
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Headquarters
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel MD, United States 20723
Revenue
less than $1M (USD)
Employees
1,001 to 5,000
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